The folks over at Honest Trailers have a propensity for keeping things current, though they have delved into the abyss of entertainment history on a few occasions. This week marked the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation, (mostly) everyone's favourite Star Trek TV series. What better time for HT to scrutinise the show than now?
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An official, high-definition remaster of Star Trek: Voyager will almost certainly never happen. While arguably less popular than TNG and DS9, the show, which followed a Starfleet crew stranded in the Delta quadrant 70,000 light years from Earth, still had its moments -- particularly any episode featuring Robert Picardo's holographic doctor.
The first trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is one of those trailers you never, ever forget. So, the cast and crew had a lot to live up to at Comic-Con, but the new trailer take care of at all. It's a two-and-a-half-minute ball of action, awesomeness, humour, and insanity that may be the most purely fun Marvel movie trailer we've ever seen, all courtesy of director Taika Waititi. Guys, Thor and Loki are shooting people with laser guns.
We won't be getting a Deadpool sequel for a little while yet, so we'll just have to make do with what scraps of related entertainment we can dig up. Bizarre Disney crossovers help, but we can all agree a blooper clip from the first film is better.
The disappearing "wipe" act. You've seen it a hundred times before in as many films -- a car or bus drives past the camera and as if by magic, our villain or hero vanishes. Have you ever wondered where they go exactly? This clip by the ever-comedic Aussie-based Michael Shanks provides us with one very surreal (and bloody) theory.
Video: Wow. This video shows the end of a car chase in northeast Houston and it's totally bananas. The suspect tries to outrun a helicopter in an open field, but while making a break for it, he gets pummelled by a police SUV. Somehow, he bounces off the car, gets back up and manages to keep on running. At this point, a helicopter crew member jumps out of the chopper with his helmet still on and chases after the suspect to tackle him.
Is there a bank robbery that isn't at least a bit bizarre? Consider the "Geezer Bandit," who's held up at least 16 banks and is either an elderly man, or doing a convincing job imitating one. That's kind of weird, right? But it's small potatoes in the realm of bank-robbing. Here are six of history's most mind-boggling heists.
Lead is a relatively soft metal, and the fact that it deforms is what makes lead bullets so deadly. It expands inside whatever it hits causing more damage to the surrounding area. But there are metals much softer than lead and their effects on contact are even more pronounced -- so naturally someone made them into bullets.
Video: Star Wars: Exile is a 16-minute fan film about a pair of Jedi who must confront a sinister Inquisitor in the employ of Darth Vader and the dark side. It's a bit talky at times. But it also has high production values including commendable special effects, a refreshingly diverse cast, multiple lightsabre battles, and -- I can emphasise this strongly enough -- GORE.
So you think you know everything about James Bond? No? Well, that's fair enough. Even if you were Ian Fleming himself I'd have questions, the first being "How did you get out of your coffin?" Anyway, let's move away from the necromancy, to the romance of Bond, James Bond... and a bunch of things you probably didn't know about the pop culture icon.
Video: RocketJump Film School put together this really great video that shows us the different kinds of cuts and transitions that filmmakers use in their movies. By showing examples from both classic and modern movies, we get to see the tricks they employ. Cutting on action, cutting away, cross cutting back and forth and jump cuts. It's really, really cool to see it all visualised.
While everyone is rather excited about a certain movie that lands next week, not everyone has forgotten that, you know, other films are coming out too. Take the next instalment of the X-Men franchise, Apocalypse, for which a trailer has just arrived.